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A few years ago my husband got sick of me always borrowing his headphones, so he gave me my own pair. Even though we were quite happy with these earphones, over the past year or so the cheap material covering the ear pads starting coming off. It got to the point that neither of us were using them anymore because we’d get all these little bits of crud stuck to us every time. I didn’t see any reason why we should buy new headphones seeing as they still worked perfectly well, so I decided to find a solution to my flaking headphone pads.
See all that crumbling gunk around the sides of the ear pads?
It was even worse on the part that comes in contact with the side of your head, because it got rubbed off even more, sticking to my hair and skin. Ew!
I only use these headphones while sitting at my computer and working, so I didn’t really care how good they looked. And one day, when my kids asked if I could cut off the toe of an old pair of stockings for them to do a project, inspiration struck. My old tights could easily cover up the flaking headphone pads without feeling uncomfortable and without muffling the sound!
Are the flaking headphone pads on your favorite listening device driving you nuts? Well, get ready for a super easy way to fix them in just 30 seconds!
- 1 pair of headphones with ruined ear pads
- 1 pair of tights (or a small part of them)
- 2 rubber bands
- sharp scissors (not pictured)
How to cover those flaking headphone pads:
Grab a pair of clean tights or other stockings that you don’t use anymore (mine were ripped) and cut off one toe. If the toe is ruined or unavailable, you can cut off another part of the stockings instead.
- Cut along the folded edges of the flattened toe so that you have two pieces.
- Trim off the toe seam and the corners to make two circles. They don’t have to be perfect.
- Place one circle over one headphone ear pad and slip the elastic (doubled or tripled over, if necessary) around it to hold it in place. Pull the edges of the circle until it is taut over the headphone. Repeat with the second ear.
- Trim off any particularly long bits of stocking sticking out beyond the elastic, though don’t cut too close or it could slip out.
Wasn’t that about the most ridiculously easy fix ever? Sure, they’re not the most gorgeous headphones ever, but I really don’t care because now I can wear them without it looking like I have giant-sized dandruff afterwards!
I can hear through the stockings just as well as I could without them! Which means I can jam and rock all I want while doing brain-numbing computer work!
And, seeing as we’re talking about music, I hope everyone noticed my tutorial-appropriate t-shirt. It is both music-related and repurposing-related (read my tutorial on how I sized down a big men’s T-shirt to a women’s sized shirt here!) It makes me so sad that my kids don’t understand what that big golden cassette tape is on it!
If you like this tutorial using reclaimed materials for fixing flaking headphone pads, head on over to see the rest of my awesome repurposing tutorials! You’ll be surprised at how many incredible things you can make using the “trash” that you already have in your home!
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